Inspiration: Steve Powers; Love Letters

Steve Powers; Love Letter to Philadelphia. Photo Credit: Adam Wallacavage 

Steve Powers; Love Letter to Philadelphia. Photo Credit: Adam Wallacavage 

Steve Powers, aka "Espo" created the Love Letters projects, which have manifested in Syracuse, Philadelphia, Sao Paulo, and New York City. The project is as he describes it "a very adult version of what graffiti is to me". He "meshed the elements of sign painting, wall painting, and ultimately graffiti," says Powers. The messages that he conveys with the mural work takes on the cadence of a love letter, often seemingly addressed to the people in each city, or even to the city itself. 

  Heres a quick video about the Syracuse Love Letters Project (sponsored by COLAB as a part of the Near West Side Initiative which is trying to revitalize the near west side neighborhood of Syracuse. )

The Philadelphia edition of Love Letters was in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (who we will be featuring in a blog entry coming up if you'd like to read more). The Project contained a series of 50 murals that were located on the rooftops, and walls along the Market Frankford "El" line. Historically the walls had been occupied by similar color and design of the graffiti from locals artists, done in the late 70's, 80's and early 90's.

 According to MuralArts.org , "Love Letter recieved national and international attention and has been profiled in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and PBS. Mural Arts continues to run tours of the project."

Slam Hype's Website has a visual map of which murals can be seen where from the El. You can view it Here

Check out more photos of Steve's work below, or check out the TED Talk video if you have time to watch:

Steve Powers; Love Letter to Philadelphia. Photo Credit: Adam Wallacavage

Steve Powers; Love Letter to Philadelphia. Photo Credit: Adam Wallacavage

Steve Powers; Love Letter to Philadelphia. Photo Credit: Becki Fuller 

Steve Powers; Love Letter to Philadelphia. Photo Credit: Becki Fuller 

Steve Powers; Love Letter to Philadelphia. Photo Credit: flickr user "i_follow"

Steve Powers; Love Letter to Philadelphia. Photo Credit: flickr user "i_follow"